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Welcome Message from Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Namaskar! Welcome to! offer(s) lessons in Indian music, rather, Indian Classical Music in sitar, tabla, Hindustani vocal music (khyal, thumri), sarod and flute. We have been teaching since 2002 and apparently doing very well. Our students are performing, our students are teaching and they are doing well and we have students from different parts of the globe. We offer tailor-made lessons depending on individual student’s requirement and needs. So, it becomes easier for the students to grow faster and as a result we have seen that the students are growing quite fast and doing almost as good as they could have done in the face to face set-up. So, we mostly encourage students those don’t find very good teachers around them. We offer them online teaching and we encourage the students to come to Kolkata also, whenever they can find time, and have face to face live teaching. So, our students those are performing very well are offered both the systems i) the online system and ii) they come to Kolkata and (they) stay here for sometime, learn and practice very hard and do the concerts and all. So, we wish to work for more people so that all of you can get the benefit, feel the bliss and perform well and teach well.

So, once again, welcome! Namaskar!

Troilee Dutta

TroileeDuttaTroilee Dutta is a name that is frequently uttered  in today’s sarod playing world as a notable young sarod player. Her inherent interest in music bloomed when she was around the age of five years. She started to get acquainted with Sarod under the affectionate guidance of  Pandit Kamal Mallick, the famous sarod player of Kolkata. She was fortunate to receive the most coveted taalim from him. Currently she is receiving intensive guidance on advanced techniques of music making from Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhaya, the eminent sitar virtuoso.

In the year 2009 Troilee Dutta stood first in both the competitions organized by “Sri Aurobindo Institute Of Culture, Kolkata.” and “The Dover Lane Music Conference & The Dover Lane Music Academy.”

She was the first class first (Gold Medallist) in M.A. (Music) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She has also qualified UGC-NET for Lectureship and awarded Junior Research Fellowship. She is now perusing her Ph.D. undert the Department of Instrumental Music at the  Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

  • She was awarded  ‘Sangeet Ratna’ by the Bangio Sangeet Parisad.
  • She is a B-High grade artist of All India Radio.
  • The Ministry of Culture,  Government of India selected her for National Scholarship for her music from the year 2010-2011.

She participated in many musical soirees. Some important names among them are;  The Dover Lane Music Conference, Kolkata, Bangladesh Silpakala Academy, Dhaka; Shibpur Ranjini’s Nightlong Programme, Sangeet Piyasi, Jhulanbati  Sangeet Sammelan – Kolkata,  Sohini,  Brahamapur Suromurchona, Suchetana, Ma-Nishaad, The National Library, Nijam Palace- Kolkata, Labanya Sangeetalaya, Vivek Mela organized by Vivekananda Study center and Ramkrishna Mission- Kolkata, Recreation Club of  Punjab National Bank.

In Television she has performed in Tara Music’s Jalsaghar & “Aaj Sokaler Amantrone”   live. She also performed in Kolkata TV live.

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Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

SanjoyBPandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar player, is the Chair Professor, Ustad Allauddin Khan Chair of Instrumental Music at the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata [India]. He is also the Director of S.M. Tagore Center for Documentation & Research in Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments [SMTC-DRLOMI]. Recently he has taken up an added responsibility as the Chief-Coordinator of a research project on ‘Indian Classical Music Mapping of Kolkata’ sponsored by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi under the SAP-DRS.

After his initial training from his father Shri Peeyush Prasanna Bandopadhyay Professor Bandopadhyay had training under the guidance of the doyens of music like Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra and Pt. Bimalendu Mukherjee. He also had training from Pt. Manas Chakravarty, Pt. Ajay Sinha Roy and Dr. M.R. Gautam. He also had the opportunity to receive brief guidance from the famous Pt. Gajananrao Joshi.

Sanjoy is a Top Grade artist of All India Radio, and has several CDs to his credit. The CDs were published by the well-known companies like RPG-HMV, India; India Archive Music Limited, New York, USA and others. He has performed in many major music festivals in India, USA, Canada, European countries and South Africa. His sitar recitals featured several times in the National Program of All India Radio [India’s National Radio Channel] and Doordarshan [India’s National Television Channel].

Sanjoy also produced a number of highly reputed and internationally acclaimed musicians. Most prominent names among his students  is Sri Kushal Das [sitar]. Other notable names are Rajrupa Chowdhury, the brilliant sarod player,  the 14 year old sitar-magic Sri Ayush Ghosh, the brilliant rising star Sri Kalyanjit Das [sitar], the notable lady young sarod artist Ms. Troilee Dutta [sarod] and others.

Professor Bandopadhyay served many prestigious academic assignments internationally. These include his visits at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign [USA] as ‘George A. Miller Visiting Professor’, at the University of Alberta [Canada] as ‘Distinguished India Focus Visitor’ or ‘Artist in Residence’ in several universities including the University of Chicago [USA] and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs [USA]. He has featured in Plenary Sessions in global conferences like the UNESCO Conference in Finland and the International Conference arranged by the German Musicological Society, also in another International Conference organized by the University of Amsterdam. He participated in Indo-Canada bi-lateral conference, ‘Emerging India’, arranged by the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is serving as expert member and member of advisory bodies for several universities in India. He also served as an external expert for some projects of the University of Chicago [USA] and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin [Germany].

Here is a video by Jon Barlow. In this video, Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay talked about his grooming in music.


India residents

windowLearn Indian Classical Music Online: Hearty Welcome to the Students within India!

Indian Music Lessons [IML] has opened this new window for students residing in India. All these years since 2002, the pioneer in Online Indian Music Teaching, the IML only offered its services to the students those were away from India. It has been teaching Indian Classical Music, i.e., sitar, sarod, tabla, vocal music [khyal, thumri] and flute online for about one and a half decade.  We have been receiving queries from many corners of India showing interest in IML. This guided us to consider on how we can open this new window. Finally, this is open to serve the students residing in India.

IML warmly welcomes students from India those (1) know the basic techniques of  sitar or sarod, and (2) advanced student of any instrument. Your teacher will be Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar maestro. IML is also accepting beginners and intermediate Vocal, Flute and Tabla students. The vocal, flute and tabla students will receive lessons from the IML teachers.

The lesson duration will be as required and around 30 mins. There will be one session every week.

The students are requested NOT to drop any session without minimum one day prior intimation. Otherwise those missed sessions will be counted as worked session. In case of sudden drop in the Internet and other unseen problems the students or the teacher, whoever will be affected, will communicate the other end on phone. The session will be considered as dropped or done as mutually agreed [this may depend when the session got dropped, at the beginning, in between or towards the end. If the session served all required practical purposes despite the fact that the session got dropped. Fortunately, in today’s Internet situation in India this kind incidents rarely happen.]

Fees for Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay :

  • Fees: Rs. 1000 INR per lesson.
  • One time registration fees Rs. 500 INR
  • Minimum first payable is Rs. 4500 INR that will cover four lessons and one time registration fees.

Fees for other teachers:

  • Fees: Rs. 700 INR per lesson.
  • One time registration fees Rs. 500 INR
  • Minimum first payable is Rs. 3300 INR that will cover four lessons and one time registration fees.
Note: The dispatched fees should get reflected at receiver end at least two days ahead of the start-date of the sessions.

All are requested to browse through  the site and understand how IML works. Please complete the form below to express your interest. The IML office will let you know the bank details where you can transfer the fees. Please give us a 3-4 days to complete the whole process, namely session scheduling, exchanging skype/FaceTime details and so on.

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Some more points that we like to share with you

IML wishes that all the students residing in India visit Kolkata at least once a year and directly learn with their gurus under conventional mode and obtain intensive lessons. This will help the students to grow faster. During this stay they will work with their gurus many hours a day and will go through guided practicing [riyaz] for long hours. This will be good for the students those like to come up as able music performers.

IML is considering of arranging Annual Music Festivals in Kolkata. The advanced students may be interested in this.This will primarily feature IML students along with established musicians. So, students will be welcome to submit their interest in offering recitals in the festival. The current call is open for foreign students. We shall open call for India residents at appropriate time. The artist selection will be based on the recommendations of the ‘Artist Selection Committee’ of IML.

Dipankar Mukherjee

DipankarDipankar Mukherjee is a very sensitive musician. The music lovers ardently listen to his musical offerings that he carefully prepared with many years of intensive involvement and serious riyaz. Currently he is learning the art of advanced music making and creative expressions under the sitar maestro, Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay.

Dipankar is an MA in Music from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India.  Earlier he had graduated in Mechanical Engineering under the AMIE program. He is a regular artist of All India Radio.

Dipankar proposes to devote his life in music. He wants to feel the power and beauty, the depth and expanse; a humble effort to feel the Creator–

Raga Jog in Jhaptal (10 beats) by Dipankar.  Bhaskar Mukherjee, tabla

Dilip Mukherjee

Dilip003Dilip Mukherjee is a pleasing person and a highly aesthetic tabla player.
His tabla support elevates the music to great heights.  He is a virtuous soloist.

Dilip’s musical pursuits received unending inspirations from his father Late Kamalakanta Mukherjee.  His uncle, Late Anadinath Chatterjee, took affectionate interest to initiate Dilip in tabla playing.
Later, he had the opportunity to learn with renowned tabla players like Ustad Jahangir Khan, Pandit Gobindo Bose and finally with the legendary Pandit Shyamal Bose.  Dilip feels fortunate to be chosen to receive showering affection, blessings and rigorous training under the guru like Pandit Shyamal Bose for a stretch of 25 years.

Dilip gave huge number of performances in the country and abroad.  He presented many solo recitals and also had the opportunity to provide tabla support to musicians like Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. A. Kanan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Ustad Rasid Khan, Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Pt. Samaresh Chowdhury to name a few.
He regularly performs at the All India Radio and Doordarshan.  His tabla performances were warmly received by the music lovers of some countries in North America and Asia.

He served the M.I. University, Iowa, USA as a full time professor.

He participated in ‘Asian Festival’ in Japan in 2001.
He again represented India on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between India and Japan in the year 2002.  During this visit he performed a number of concerts in different cities in Japan.

His audio CDs and singles are available at iTunes and CD Baby that received warm responses from the music lovers from different parts of the world.

He is now attached to the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Rakhi Banerjee

RakhiRakhi Banerjee sang her first full song when she was a baby of 30 months… the music just came out of her, as a pure natural phenomenon.

Today, you can hear her singing any variety of song, starting from a classical Malkauns-bandish “Aaja more ghar–” , to neo-classical and modern songs.

She was born in Kolkata [India] on October 10 1955.  She received her MA [Hindustani Vocal Music] in 1986, from Khairagarh University.  Rakhi was awarded Senior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for her research project on Hindustani neo-classical vocal styles.

She obtained training in Hindustani Music [khyal], in traditional system under the guidance of Late Sukhendu Goswami.  Rakhi had the opportunity to learn Dhrupad under the guidance of Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick [Darbhanga school] and thumri from Pt. Govardhan Mishra [Gaya], during her long Khairagarh stay. Later after her return to her home-city Kolkata in 2001 she took the opportunity to learn with the legendary thumri singer Smt. Purnima Chaudhury.

Smt. Purabi Dutta affectionately trained her in Nazrulgeeti [a variety of Bengali song] and her maternal aunt, Jayanti Roy, taught her Bengali Folk song.  She also delineates Rabindrasangeet and modern songs with ease, because of her exceptional natural aptitude.

Rakhi served as a Guest Faculty member, teaching Graduate courses in Vocal Music during 1995 and 1996, at the Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, India… the only university in India devoted to the exclusive teaching of Music Performing and Visual Arts.  Currently, Rakhi is staying in Kolkata and is busy with different art activities.

She has started teaching Hindustani vocal music, directly on the Internet.